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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Sun submission guidelines

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The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. We’ve been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. Contributors tell us that after their work reaches more than 70,000 engaged Sun readers, they often hear from old friends and new admirers.

To save your time and ours, we suggest you take a look at The Sun before submitting. We’ve provided some samples online.


Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize and been selected for the Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

We publish nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues.

We encourage submissions from writers of color.

Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.

We rarely run anything longer than seven thousand words; there’s no minimum length.

We discourage simultaneous submissions.

Writing is a solitary act, but when what you’ve written goes out to our loyal subscribers, it can feel a little less so.
What We Pay

$300 to $2,000
Read a sample essay

$300 to $2,000
Read a sample story

$100 to $250
Read a sample poem

We purchase one-time rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.
Mailed Submissions
You can also send your typed, double-spaced submission (along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope) to:

Editorial Department
The Sun
107 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Your work will not be returned without sufficient postage, and we cannot respond unless a return envelope is provided.

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